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Viet Nam

Joined Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement:

January 2014

National multi-stakeholder platform for nutrition:

Nutrition Technical Working Group (Ministry of Health)

Country nutrition status

  • Yes
  • In process
  • No
  • Costed
  • M&E framework

National multi-stakeholder platform (MSP)

Date established
2014
MSP annual action plan exists

National nutrition plan

National Plan of Action for Nutrition (2022–2025)

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Advocacy and communications framework/plan

Subnational nutrition coordination mechanism

Subnational MSPs exist
Subnational MSPs have annual action plans

SUN networks in-country presence

SUN Civil Society Network
SUN Business Network
UN Nutrition
SUN Academia Network
SUN Donor Network
Others: e.g. youth, parliamentarian, media

Finance for nutrition

Resource mobilization strategy exists
Budget tracking exercise done this year
Funding gaps identified this year
Domestic expenditures on nutrition tracked

Country priorities 2022

  • Developing the Plan of Action for Nutrition 2022–2025 at the national and subnational levels.
  • Developing policy and ensuring financial advocacy.
  • Building capacity at the subnational level and for various sectors.

Progress towards SUN 3.0 Strategic Objectives (SO)

SO.1

Viet Nam has a Nutrition Technical Working Group (Ministry of Health) for the implementation of the National Nutrition Strategy. In-person and virtual meetings were held regularly to review the strategy’s national nutrition targets. Based on these reviews, undernutrition reduction (underweight, stunting, low birth weight) targets are on track to being achieved, but disparities exist among regions and ethnic groups. Overweight and micronutrition targets are not on track to being achieved so more focus will be needed in the coming years. The review meetings included participants from many sectors and development partners who actively contributed to reach a final consensus on the way forward.

SO.2

The National Institute of Nutrition is in charge of nutrition activities at the central level, together with the Preventive Medicine Department and Maternal and Child Health Department of the Ministry of Health. At the subnational level, nutrition is assigned to the provincial centres for disease control, district health centres and community health clubs. At the grass-roots level, village health workers implement community nutrition activities. All stakeholders support the Government with implementing nutrition interventions.

SO.3

The Government approved the National Nutrition Strategy 2021–2030 and assigned tasks to different stakeholders. Other international agencies and civil society organizations in the MSP generally support the Common Results Framework. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and SUN Civil Society Alliance have greatly contributed to supporting the Government in accelerating nutrition progress, especially the development of the National Nutrition Strategy, the Government’s Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment, nutrition within the food system and nutrition in emergencies (e.g. natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic).

SO.4

The Prime Minister has developed and ratified the National Nutrition Strategy 2021–2030 and vision to 2045 to address the country’s triple burden of malnutrition, based on a situation analysis and global targets. The strategy prioritizes vulnerable groups, emphasizes the importance of governance and multisectoral coordination at the central and subnational levels and for the first time has set up a budgetary indicator to cover nutrition interventions. MSPs are aligned with the Government to provide support.

2021 shared country good practice

Sustainable food and health systems

Creating an enabling environment

Maternal, infant and young child nutrition affects Viet Nam’s families, communities and economy. Recognizing that accelerated global actions are needed, the 2012 World Health Assembly resolution set ambitious nutrition targets for 2025. In comparison to its neighbours, Viet Nam is progressing well.

Compendium of Skilled Breastfeeding Counselling Case Studies

Viet Nam’s national nutrition strategy for 2021–2030: More equitable, resilient, and sustainable food and health systems

Outcome story: SUN CSA Viet Nam: Working for equitable, resilient, and sustainable food and health systems